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26.06.2014

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shocking correlation between autism and the use of pesticides

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Davis has identified a shocking correlation between autism and the use of pesticides.

After studying almost 1,000 mothers it was found that the odds for bearing a child having Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Autism) are raised by around 60% for those living within a mile of fields treated with common pesticides called organophosphates. It was found to be especially damaging if exposure occurred within the last three months of pregnancy, with the odds doubling, and tripling for a particular pesticide chlorpyrifos. Foetuses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of chemicals, and this study solidifies the notion that sometimes we don’t realize what we are being exposed to until it’s too late. These pesticides are cleared for use in the UK, the US, and other countries, and as the need for higher crop yields rises, so does the chance that the public can be exposed to such extremely detrimental chemicals through pesticides and fertilizers.